Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Must See TV

Are you in need of a good laugh? Well, you're in luck because Nancy Johnson's campaign just released what might be the worst political ad ever. Johnson attempts to attack Murphy over his opposition to illegal wiretapping through the usual attack ad lies and distortions. Yet the message is completely lost in the sheer stupidity of the ad. See for yourself:

Question #1:

Why is the "average people" image of a bunch of people in rain coats and umbrellas? Does this terrorist attack involve some sort of monsoon? Acid rain? Seriously is that the only picture they could find?

Question #2:

I thought the bad black and white pictures were supposed to be of your opponent? Doesn't a candidate's own ad usually feature them smiling in colored pictures? Why did Johnson's campaign choose to use this picture of her? It's not very flattering. I guess beauty is the price you pay for being "tough" on terrorism.

Question #3:

Are we talking about terrorism or cutting student aid? Nancy probably thought she could slip this one past me...not so fast. Look closely at the image shown when the announcer says, "Nancy Johnson says act immediately." They display a blurry image that's supposed to convey Johnson's action on terrorism, but upon closer review it seems this image has nothing to do with terrorism at all. In fact, it's a chart about financial aid for college students. An odd choice for Johnson to display given her vote this year to support the largest cut in history for federal student aid programs. If you look close enough you can see the chart labeled with "Federal Pell Grant", "Tuition Assistance Program", "Outside Grant or Scholarship", "Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan", "Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan", and so on. Perhaps the dots in their columns represent all the times Nancy Johnson has voted to cut these programs.

Question #4:

This is probably the most mind boggling one of them all. Maybe it's some landmark that I just don't recognize, but where the hell is Nancy Johnson standing in her photo-op with the veterans at the end of the ad? Are these people at Area 51 or something? And what are they looking up at and saluting? The flag is clearly located in the lower left corner of the screen behind them. They are all looking in different directions too. Hmm...you think this was a TV photo-op rather than an actual event? But I gotta give Nancy major props for taking the time to put on her red jacket so that she could match the veterans. It's a real nice touch.

Seriously, is this the worst ad you've ever seen? I could not stop laughing when I first saw it. Is Johnson's media person some high school kid? First there was the recreated 9/11 memorial service ad, then the ridiculous game show tax ad, and now the most bizarre ad of them all. Such incompetent commercials make me feel that much better about Chris Murphy's chances in November.

If you're able to avoid being distracted by the commercial's comical images long enough to remember what its message is, you'll find that it's completely bogus too. As usual Johnson has completely lied about Chris Murphy's record. To see how Murphy actually stands on the issue click here.


Blogger zepp714 said...

This is brilliant. I like how the lone veteran looking at the camera is wearing green. There is clear symbolism here. What, I don't know. This deserves even further dissection, kinda like the cover of Sgt. Pepper and all the Paul is dead stuff.

10:13 AM  
Blogger ki kelly said...

Well, I'm not a long-time lawmaker or anything but I seem to remember, at the time the wire-tapping story first broke, numerous experts stating that, according to the existing law, the "paperwork" could be done after the fact if necessary. According to this ad, either Nancy:

1. Doesn't know that there is already a mechanism in place to cover emergency situations as outlined in her ad, (in which case, she's too ignorant to continuing to keep her job in such perilous times) or

2. Nancy DOES know and is deliberately misleading her constituents for her own gain (in which case, she's too dishonest to continue to keep her job.)

10:52 PM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

I saw the ad for the first time about an hour ago, and immediately wrote an article for my blog about it.

I didn't think to look here first, because I could have saved myself all that work; your post really covers it well.

But then again, it's always a good thing to get various opinions about something like this.


7:46 AM  
Blogger CT Bob said...

Hmm...I don't know if that link works.

Oh well, you can just look at the front page and find the Nancy article:


7:48 AM  
Blogger ctblogger said...


First Johnson does a 9-11 ad (complete with a mock-up funeral) and then she unleashes this the day after 9-11?

Time to take the gloves off.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Teeth Maestro said...

We as Pakistanis are really offended by this ad and are organizing an effort to protest against this ad and hopefully force her to issue a public apology. lets see how far we get with this

12:54 PM  
Blogger MikeCT said...

The National Journal's Hotline on what this really means:

Another incumbent who is tried and tested is 12-term Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn. She has built up more than $2 million in campaign funds, which has allowed her to go with television ads early and often -- seven ads have run so far. Johnson also has a lengthy legislative record to run on, including an assist in writing the Medicare prescription drug benefit bill.

But most of her ads have not referenced her accomplishments. Instead, she has attacked her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Chris Murphy, in five of her seven ads. That such a veteran lawmaker needs to go negative underscores the tough environment Northeastern Republicans find themselves in.

6:12 PM  
Blogger She-Crab Soup said...

I think that landmark is the National Iwo Jima Memorial in Newington, which is why Nancy and the vets are looking up (toward the statue). I heard her give an appalling speech there on Memorial Day, when she exploited the moment to intone on the righteousness of the war in Iraq. On that day she won my undying enmity.

11:19 AM  
Blogger UGLYTRUTH said...

Pause the video and look closely at the "face" in the blue hooded raincoat sitting in the chair and holding the umbrella.Crappy photoshop edit. What or Who is really behind the "mask"?!?

8:15 PM  
Blogger brad said...

i noticed the thing in the backgroumd too.
My same thoughts exactly !
area 51 !

let her keep runnin these ads, it may help voters decide against her.

by the way,
didnt you know that PAK terrorist was really just applying for a Pell Grant


12:18 AM  
Blogger bornxeyed said...

Just a comment on the item about the financial aid form used as an image in Nancy Johnson's ad.

It's pretty obvious to me this form was chosen to subliminally evoke thoughts of the World Trade Center.

Notice how the long thin parallel lines are reminiscent of the thin vertical cloumns of the towers. Also consider how the perpendicular rendition not only gives the impression in both directions, but the horizontal aspect evokes ideas of the tower fallen.

For all the seeming comedy commented in the article I would look deeply into psychological imagery and subliminal messaging used in advertising to account for the seeming irrelevance or amateurishness of the other images as well.

Nothing in professional advertising is done by accident.

I imagine one would find psychological manipulations by the symbolisim throughout the ad.

12:18 AM  
Blogger df said...

To: Nancy Johnson
CC: No More Nancy

Congratulations on your national security TV ad -- it certainly highlights each candidate's values and character. And on such an important issue -- I mean, where will those liberals stop -- pretty soon, they'll be wanting a fourth amendment to the constitution!

May you get all that is coming to you,

David Feder

12:46 PM  

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